Succulent Symmetry & Agave Blue Glow

Succulents in the garden can add contemporary beauty with the use of ancient symmetrical principles. Geometery has been used in gardens, landscapes, and design since the Egyptians and before. Symmetry doesn’t always mean perfectly mirrored, although possible with succulents, but more of a balance of land and proportions. The Agave ‘Blue Glow’ is an excellent example of symmetry in succulents, appearing to have each leaf placed in the exact position that Plato would have intended it to be. The additional beauty of these drought tolerant plants, versus some of the more water loving counterparts, is their reclusive nature. These less invasive pieces allow for a more planned out garden with less chaos. Remember to keep symmetry in your thoughts when planting, but not to go overboard. Strive for balance with proportions, not exact replications.

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